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Registrar's office still possible at city hall

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Though there doesn't seem to be any extra money in the city's 2011 budget to open a deputy registrar's office, the project could still happen next year.

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The city of Farmington has received a "very promising" proposal from an unidentified, outside source, according to city administrator Peter Herlofsky.

Herlofsky is hesitant to give away too many of the details because the proposal hasn't even been presented to the city council just yet.

Plans for opening a deputy registrar's office in city hall were more or less dead in the water following a Nov. 22 city council budget workshop. The cost of getting the office up and running in Farmington seemed a little too much for the already tight budget.

But just a couple of days after that meeting, an outside party brought a proposal to Herlofsky. The proposal, he said, "is a preliminary offer to outsource the operations with no front-end money from the city."

Herlofsky calls the proposal "surprising," but still legitimate. He's done a little background work, and so far, everything appears on the up-and-up. To be sure, he's forwarded the information to the city attorney for additional review. He expects to know more on the proposal by the end of this week.

If it turns out there is merit to it, the proposal could come before the city council later this month, possibly as soon as Monday's regular meeting.

"It gives us a nice option to address some of the issues raised by council," Herlofsky said. "I'd say it's almost too good to be true, but it seems like it really is true."

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